Homer News hires news multimedia sales consultant

The Homer News has hired a new multimedia sales consultant, Callie Steinberg. New to Alaska since last November after moving up from Portland, Maine, Steinberg started work last week.

“Sound Publishing and the Homer News are pleased to announce the addition of Callie Steinberg to our sales team,” Publisher Jeff Hayden wrote in an email. “Callie has a very diverse and successful background in customer service. She brings a new dimension to our Homer and Kenai publications.”

Steinberg brings to the paper her experience as a graphic artist, salesperson and a social media consultant. Steinberg also has worked as a bartender, hostess and server, and dog groomer.

Born in Atlanta, Georgia, her parents met when friends set them up. Both had husky dogs. Her mom’s husky was named Juneau and her dad’s was named Tundra — a hint that their daughter might one day wind up in Alaska. Steinberg’s father worked in radio as a creative director and writing commercials. His career led the family to Kailua Beach in Hawaii, Forked River, New Jersey and eventually Cumberland, Maine, near Portland. Steinberg remembered moving from New Jersey to Maine.

“Everyone was making fun of me,” she said. “‘You’re going to live with Eskimos. Little did they know I would be in Alaska.”

In high school, Steinberg went to Portland Arts and Technology High School, where she studied graphic arts. She learned to do silkscreen printing and operate a small printing press. Before moving to Alaska, Steinberg worked as a graphic designer making vinyl signs and banners for Nappi Distributors, a beer and wine distributing company in southern Maine.

In Maine, she met her boyfriend, Ted, who had roots in Maine and Alaska.

“We hit it off. We were in a COVID relationship the whole time of COVID,” Steinberg said.

He suggested she move with him back to Alaska, and Steinberg said it took her three months to get up the courage. Now she’s hooked.

“I started bawling my eyes out at the mountains,” Steinberg said. “It made me cry. The pictures don’t do it justice.”

From her house near Blackwater Bend, Steinberg said she has views of the volcanoes that remind her of “a cold Hawaii.”

“I just want to be a part of the community,” she said. “… There’s just a vibe here. Everyone here is so happy. I want to brighten everyone’s day.”

Hayden welcomed Steinberg to the Homer News.

”Callie has a track record of assisting local businesses to flourish in their respective markets. Please join me in wishing Callie every success in her new role with the Homer News and the Peninsula Clarion.,” Hayden wrote.

Steinberg can be reached at callie.steinberg@soundpublishing.com or at 907-235-7767.

Reach Michael Armstrong at marmstrong@homernews.com.